Window Treatments. Tuesday , September 04th , 2018 - 14:34:53 PM
Once you have answered the question of what you need, then you can begin to consider your options. If you need the maximum in light blocking and light control (for instance, in a bedroom where someone needs to sleep during the day), then you might want to consider dual window treatment options on those windows. Total light-blocking blinds are a good option, but you can also combine them with fabric panels to help add to the light-blocking properties. The fabric panels will also give you light control when the blinds are opened, and depending on your color and texture choice you can give a light and airy feel to the room even when the blinds are closed and no sunlight is coming through.
If you need minimal light control and privacy is not an issue, consider these windows your opportunity to reflect your personal style and create a look that is uniquely yours without having any limitations other than the size and shape of the windows. Here you can go all out, selecting fabric window treatments that make a dramatic statement or ones that very subtly pull all the elements of your room together to give it a finished look. Look around the room. Select a color or colors that may need to be emphasized. Is there a touch of red in your floor treatment or in the sofa throw pillows that you'd like to bring out? Or perhaps your wall color is soft and muted, and you'd like to give the room a punch of contrasting colors here.
Budget. Before you are ready to start hanging curtains, you need to take some time to think about your budget. Window treatments can range from $100 to $200 per window or more, and often these figures apply to simple blinds in today's market. Clearly, you need to be realistic about what you can afford, but once you set your budget and do a little homework you'll be ready to start shopping for treatments. Professional designers recommend that you take some time to price fabrics, blinds, shutters, and ready-made drapes to help you choose a style within your budget.
The first known types of window treatments are drapes and curtains. There are the two panel curtains that actually hang from the sides of the windows. Such window curtains are designed to filter out the direct sunlight from the sun during the raw and open summer months as well as retain heat when it is cold in winter. They therefore serve a dual purpose whilst beautifying the home as well. In addition to these you also get the window drapes that are very convenient if you have a radiator under the window sill. The best drapes are the ones that are made from cotton. This material does not lead to room heat congestion, and on top of this they are easy to wash and keep clean. Besides these there has been a resurgence of a half-way curtain that covers only the lower half of a window.
Once you know what you need, take the time to select several color samples that appeal to you. Look at a variety of magazines or books on window treatments to get a good feel for what styles you like best. If you gravitate towards the unusual and complex fabric window treatments, seek out a credible interior decorator in your area. Ask them if they are willing to help with window treatments alone, as opposed to someone who only works on whole rooms or a whole house. Many interior decorators have software that can help them design a window treatment just for you, and they have the resources to purchase the fabric, have the window treatments custom-made, and professionally installed. It isn't as expensive as it sounds, it takes all the guesswork out of it for you, and if anything goes wrong you have someone who is responsible to fix the problem, which can relieve you of a lot of headaches. And remember, any funds you spend having your home tastefully decorated is an investment not only in the value of your home, but also in yourself. Coming home to a place that reflects your personality and is in harmony with your inner being is infinitely rewarding. If your tastes are simpler or your budget dictates that you go it alone, then at least you will have armed yourself with the knowledge of what you need and like before you're bombarded in the stores with all the choices. This will help you bypass all the things that don't fit your requirements without a second glance and save you considerable time. If you're still uncertain, ask about the stores return policy just to make sure you can take anything back that doesn't look right once you get it home.
Custom window treatments can be intimidating for many consumers. Many are overwhelmed by the choices in treatments. Others worry that custom window treatments may be cost prohibitive. There are even those individuals who feel that window treatments are only appropriate for traditional design styles. The reality is that yes, there are thousands of style, fabric and design options for custom window treatments. Window treatments can be as diverse and creative as the creative mind can imagine and a good designer can design. And although they can be costly, they should be considered as an investment, something that, if done correctly, you will live with and enjoy for many years to come. I came across an article recently that stated that on average, individuals who purchase store bought window treatments will change them out once per year while individuals who purchase custom treatments will keep their treatments for at least seven years. If you do the math, at about $100 per window for store bought treatments, you have paid more for them over seven years than if you had invested the money to purchase custom treatments.
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